This class was fun and very practical. I feel that I can apply the material right away and help me grow my web presence. Thanks!
I was very happy with the course and with the instructor. I got more than I expected. I would definitely recommend both the course and Robin to others. I hope to take other classes Robin teaches as I believe she is a gifted teacher.
Instructor was knowledgeable; course content was right on the mark.
I am very happy that I took this class.... it was exactly what I needed to understand many of the terms being thrown around my workplace.
I really enjoyed the class and plan to put my new knowledge into effect for the coming school year. I hope to get teachers to use blogs and wikis especially with their classes
This course took the fear factor out of some things I had wanted to do for a while. Steps were broken down into doable parts. The instructor provided alternatives that let me learn the material even when I lacked technology (like a webcam or digital camcorder) that would have been useful. Best of all, I could fit the course into my schedule instead of the other way around. Thanks!
This is a very good course! And the step by step instructions are very useful and made things accessible to a non-techie.
Great course. Lots of extra effort by instructor in putting it together. I learned a lot.
This course benefited me even though I had previous blogging experience. It was more detailed and easier to follow along than other instruction that I have had. The cost for this course was also very reasonable.
I've taken a lot of courses over the years. I have two post-graduate degrees, and this was, without a doubt, the best I have ever taken. Loved the bits of humor and especially enjoyed my celebration dances--how did you know. Simply outstanding!
Course Code: 5bp
Get acquainted with blogging terms, the parts of a blog, and the important differences between a blog and a website as you learn the best way to search for and locate blogs on topics that interest you. You'll discover ways to creatively use blogs to express yourself, teach, advocate for a cause, promote a product . . . the possibilities go on and on! Then, learn how to participate in the blogosphere by commenting on a blog of your choosing after you learn appropriate commenting etiquette. After that, it'll be time for you to start planning your own blog.
Explore options for blogging software and hosting, and you're going to decide where and how you'll build and store your blog as you set up an account to use as a practice blog throughout the course. Then, learn how to give your blog a custom look.
Learn how to set your blog's privacy levels in case you'd like to limit who can read or comment on your blog. Then, learn to write an effective first blog post, and consider the writing style you'd like to use for your blog.
Master the art of inserting engaging photos and creating labels to help readers find content. Then, learn the seven steps of how to promote your blog to boost readership. Next, you’ll move on to podcasts as you plan your own podcast, following our effective formula of developing strategies for content, setup, and long-term maintenance.
Explore the minimum equipment you'll need to record your first audio podcast—as well as other equipment you may find of interest if you become a serious podcaster. You’ll even record your first podcast during this week! Then, learn how to cut out dead air and an unexpected sneeze, adjust the volume so listeners don't have to strain to hear you, and add effects so the sound fades in at the beginning and out at the end to get your podcast ready for the web.
Learn everything you need to know to successfully produce a video podcast with minimal equipment. Finally, you’ll fine-tune your video podcast by learning how to add transitions and video effects to your video file, trim unwanted portions out, and make audio enhancements.
John Agress has been active in the computer world since the 1980s and has been developing and designing websites for more than a decade. He was among the first designers to recognize that WordPress, which was originally created as blogging software, can also produce content management websites that can be updated as easily as sending an email. He loves helping his Web design clients take control of their WordPress blogs and websites. John graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Communication Studies and spent many years as a radio and television news anchor, writer, and producer.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Students should expect to download free online programs including an audio editing program during the class in order to create a blog and podcast.
Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).
Note: this is a PC supported course; however, Mac users may still enroll. Mac users should expect to make adjustments based on their operating system differences especially during the podcast portion of the course. In addition, Mac users will download different versions of audio editing software and video editing software that will differ from the directions presented in the course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.